Yegor Sharangovich – Grade: C-
In general, the Devils sorely missed having players with upside at the bottom of their lineup. Yegor Sharangovich was used to playing alongside Jack Hughes until he was shoehorned into a bottom-six role for most of this season. It never seemed to fit, and he found himself on the outside looking in on the lineup more often than most of us expected. (One might be surprised to know that Sharangovich and Hughes played over 250 minutes together at 5v5 this season.)
In the playoffs, Sharangovich was decidedly a non-factor for whatever reason but still got in three games. The Belarusian sharpshooter looked dangerous when given the opportunity and gave the team some fresh legs on the penalty kill. He is one of the Devils best penalty killers at forward, so it’s a surprise he didn’t see action immediately after it became clear Chris Kreider was filing a patent to own the Devils.
Despite coming away with no points in three games, the Devils’ best lineup does not have Sharangovich on their bench. It’s a farcical waste of a talented player, quite honestly. He’s also a restricted free agent, and there’s no real indication what is going to happen this offseason.